The UK Chapter of The Legal 500: Private Equity Comparative Guide 2023 – authored by private equity transaction partners John Newton and myself, alongside finance partner Alex Robb and tax partner Andrew Howard – considers the key legal issues for PE deal makers doing deals in the UK. 

The chapter is structured as a Q&A and concisely addresses the key legal issues to be considered when doing PE in the UK, as well as highlighting some recent legal updates and trends including: 

  • The continued prevalence of secondary transactions and continuation / affiliated fund transactions, in particular where a third party investor takes a significant minority position to set the arm’s length price.
  • The introduction of the National Security and Investment Act on 4 January 2022 and how financial sponsors have approached notifications under this regime.
  • An overview of the key areas of negotiation between borrowers and lenders including on syndicated financings.
  • Some examples of mechanisms, including deferred consideration mechanisms, to help bridge a buyer’s financing gaps.

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